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Years of nothing, then a quick arrest in rape case

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This photo released March 10, 2011 by the Connecticut Department of Correction shows Aaron Thomas, arrested Friday, March 4, 2011 in New Haven, Conn., and charged with rape. . (AP Photo/Connecticut Department of Correction) This photo released March 10, 2011 by the Connecticut Department of Correction shows Aaron Thomas, arrested Friday, March 4, 2011 in New Haven, Conn., and charged with rape. . (AP Photo/Connecticut Department of Correction)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The arrest of a Connecticut man in a string of rapes along the East Coast offers a look at a case unusual for its size, scope and level of cooperation among authorities.

Thirty-nine-year-old Aaron Thomas appeared in a New Haven court this week after being arrested by authorities who say a DNA match confirms he is the so-called East Coast rapist.

Investigators say nearly 20 victims were attacked or spied on since 1997 from Virginia to Connecticut. Authorities compiled a suspect list over several years but narrowed in on Thomas when a tip came in from Maryland.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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